April Conference Discusses Strategic Areas of Russia’s Development
The XVIII April International Academic Conference has kicked off at Higher School of Economics (HSE). This major event includes expert discussions on the strategic problems facing Russia’s economic and social development. Representatives of the Russian Government will take part in the debates.
The expert and roundtable discussions are based on analyses prepared by the Centre of Strategic Studies (CSS). On April 11, Alexei Kudrin, Chairman at CSS, is speaking on the prospects for Russian economic growth. The discussants for his presentation include Anton Siluanov, Russian Minister of Finance, Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and President of HSE, among others.
On the same day, the conference participants will discuss the problems of technological development (keynote speaker: Vladimir Knyaginin, Vice President at CSS). Other important speakers include Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vassily Osmakov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation.
Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev, Rector of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy, will speak on issues regarding inter-budgetary relations. This discussion will be joined by Leonid Gornin, Deputy Minister of Finance, and Vladimir Lisin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NLMK Group, as well as representatives of the City of Moscow and the Moscow Regional Government.
The first day of expert discussions will finish with the roundtable discussion ‘The State and Economic Development’ with the participation of Anton Siluanov, Alexei Kudrin, Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development, Tatiana Golikova, Head of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector, and other experts.
On April 12, discussions will be held with a focus on the problems of Russian education (keynote speaker: Isak Froumin, Academic Supervisor at the HSE Institute of Education), social policy (Lilia Ovcharova, HSE Director for Social Studies, will make a presentation, and Maxim Topilin, Russian Minister of Labour and Social Security, is expected to participate), and health care (Sergey Shishkin, Director of the HSE Centre for Health Policy, is presenting a paper).
On the following day, experts in public administration will get together to discuss a presentation by Maria Shklyaruk, Head of Institutions and Society at CSS. Furthermore, experts in international relations and trade will be discussing Russia’s position in the global economy (a major paper shall be presented by Natalia Ivanova, First Deputy Director at the RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations).
Online broadcasts of the expert discussions are available at the conference website.
The academic part of the April Conference includes 35 topical sections and 240 discussion sessions in various areas of social studies.
Seniors in Russia are not responsive to public promotion of healthy living. Their behaviours follow eight different patterns, and a healthy lifestyle is far from being the most popular one. Only 17% of elderly people live what can be termed a 'healthy' lifestyle, Elena Selezneva discovered. The results of the study were presented at the XIX April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development at HSE.
The report entitled ‘Twelve Solutions for New Education’, prepared by the Higher School of Economics and the Centre for Strategic Development, was presented at the XIX April International Academic Conference. Professors Martin Carnoy and Tomasso Agasisti, international experts on education and conference guests, have shared their views on the issues and initiatives highlighted in the report.
One of the roundtables held during the XIX April Academic Conference featured a discussion of the report on morphology of Russian cities presented by Robert Buckley, Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, US. The report looked at what Russian cities look like in terms of population density, how the patterns Russian cities exhibit compare with those of other cities around the world, and what individual behaviours might have contributed to the appearance of a certain pattern.
The notion that Karl Marx's works have been studied inside and out is fundamentally incorrect. The huge body of his manuscripts has still not been completely processed, and his seminal work, Capital, was only recently published with the final edits of the author. The 19th April Conference at the Higher School of Economics included the section ‘Methodology of Economic Science’ which was devoted to the work of the German philosopher and political scientist. Independent researcher and professor from Berlin, Thomas Kuczynski, gave a presentation at the conference which pointed out numerous aspects of Marx’s continuous rethinking of allegedly fixed truths.
During a plenary session of the HSE XIX April International Academic Conference, participants discussed the technological future of the Russian economy and how it relates to objectives such as speeding up economic growth and improving the quality of life.
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Slower GDP growth rates over the last several years were brought about by changes on international markets and the exhaustion of transformational bonuses due to the transition from a planned economy to a market economy, and this slowdown proves the necessity of looking for new solutions for stimulating the economy. The authors of the paper ‘Structural Changes in the Russian Economy and Structural Policy’ conducted a large-scale analysis on structural policy in Russia and around the world, as well as on possible ways for this policy to develop further. The first presentation of the paper took place as part of the plenary session called ‘Structural Policy in Russia: New Conditions and a Possible Agenda,’ which closed out HSE’s XIX April International Academic Conference.
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The subject of the risks and challenges related to sanctions on Russia is crucial in defining a number of different areas of economic policy. Participants in the round table focused on improving the business environment as one of the ways of responding to sanctions, exchanged opinions during the 19th April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development about how to move into positive economic growth while under this external pressure.
On April 11, the educational portion of the XIX April International Academic Conference featured a presentation and discussion of the paper ‘12 Solutions for New Education,’ which was prepared by the Higher School of Economics and the Centre for Strategic Development.